Monthly Archives: January 2018

USC Wins Pac-12 Zero Waste Competition For Second Year

USC News
by Ian Chaffee

The Pac-12 announced that USC was the member university that diverted the most waste from the landfill during a game last fall. (USC Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

The Pac-12 announced that USC was the member university that diverted the most waste from the landfill during a game last fall. (USC Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

As the players on USC’s football team claimed possession of the Pac-12 crown in 2017, the fans living and dying with those Trojans during fall Saturdays at the Coliseum were doing their part to hold on to a championship of their own.

Last week, the Pac-12 Conference officially announced USC as Zero Waste Competition champions for the second consecutive year. Despite the Pac-12 also calling the competition the “Zero Waste Bowl,” this wasn’t quite like those games that cap each college football season.

However, the accomplishment might be even more impressive than winning one of those vaunted January games because of what it says about the victors as stewards of the planet.

The “Zero Waste Bowl” is a competition between every Pac-12 institution that determines which member university diverted the most waste from the landfill at a selected football and men’s basketball game, as well as which used the most innovative methods to expand reach and impact of sustainability education efforts.

Each school is then judged on a summary scorecard describing the efforts involved in the “zero waste” football and basketball games that they submitted. These games are scored in three different categories: participation rate, overall innovation, and most importantly, the actual rate of waste diversion itself.

The judges’ panel that awarded USC the championship included conference representative, basketball legend and longtime sustainability enthusiast Bill Walton; Graham Oberly, sustainability coordinator at The Ohio State University; and Mike Carey, sustainability coordinator at Orange Coast College.

The winning entry submitted by the team from USC Sustainability was for the Oct. 14, 2017 football game against Utah, where a 90.96 percent diversion rate was achieved by fans and crew at the Coliseum. Fans at the game were encouraged to participate through promotional activities like an interactive tailgate, giveaways, flash mobs, a live trumpet brigade, confetti cannons and a “green game mascot” named “Recycle Man” who educated fans on the best methods of sustainable waste disposal and other sustainability best practices.

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Declaration of Principles Praised in Tampa

By Tom Gulitti, NHL

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In September, the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association unveiled hockey’s Declaration of Principles, developed to create the best possible family hockey experience, and was adopted by 17 hockey organizations globally.

The next step in advancing those principles came Friday at the 2018 NHL All-Star Declaration of Principles Summit at the Westin Tampa Waterside, which kicked off 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend in Tampa.

Emceed by NHL Network analyst and former NHL goaltender Kevin Weekes, the summit featured an array of experts who shared their insights on how the principles can be applied to improving the athletes’ and fans’ experiences in hockey and in all sports. Keynote speakers at the summit, attended by 300 invited guests from hockey organizations across the United States and Canada, included WWE personality Titus O’Neil, former NHL player and coach Ted Nolan and author, educator and activist Tony Porter.

“Our hope is today these conversations can set an example, they can inform, they can enlighten and they can produce new ideas for growing our game and new ways to interact and develop, perhaps even create new audiences, and now especially, and hopefully, support our core belief that hockey is for everyone,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said.

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik expressed hope the summit can be continued at future All-Star Weekends. The 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition is at Amalie Arena on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVA Sports), and the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game is Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports)

“This morning marks one of those opportunities to have conversations about athletes’ involvement in the community, increasing diversity of hockey at all levels and life skill development,” Vinik said. “These are all important conversations that should happen at all levels of society, from business leaders to politicians and down to the grassroots level.”

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NHL, Lightning Open Ball Hockey Rink at All-Star Weekend

By NHL Public Relations

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The National Hockey League, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Lightning Foundation dropped the puck at a brand new outdoor ball hockey rink, donated as a legacy to the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend. The rink, donated to the recently renamed Jeff and Penny Vinik Family Boys & Girls Club in Tampa, will service hundreds of youth in the area each year.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay provide safe environments for youth aged 5-18 years with space to engage in physical activities and structured programming after school. Their mission is to help all young people reach their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens.

“To be a part of such an amazing project that is supported by such a great organization is nothing short of incredible,” said Chris Letsos, President & CEO for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay. “This Club and all of its resources, including the rink, will bring such positive reinforcement to this community and its residents. And it is through this critical partnership that we are able to continue our mission of building Great Futures.”

The outdoor ball hockey rink at the Jeff and Penny Vinik Family Boys & Girls Club supports the NHL and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s commitment to growing hockey at the grassroots level. The rink will include a large playing surface that can withstand rain; permanent hockey boards; home and away benches; a scorer’s table; and expanded lighting to better accommodate outdoor play year-round. The donation also includes brand new youth street hockey equipment.

“When the opportunity was presented to us by the NHL to create an All-Star legacy leave behind in Tampa, we could not have been more pleased to work together on a street hockey facility for our youth,” said Jeff Vinik, Chairman and Governor of the Tampa Bay Lightning. “Developing new hockey players and new hockey fans is mission critical for us as we look to grow the game in our community and we appreciate the opportunity to do that with members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay.”

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